Nothing feels like fall to me, quite like baked apples do. Autumn is the best time for this classic treat because it is when apples are in season! Below is everything you need to know to pull off this quick, easy to do recipe!
- 3 – 5 medium size apples
- sharp knife
- oven safe dish
- oven safe lid/tin foil
- one stick of room temp butter
- cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, raisins, etc.
- bowl/spoon/fork for serving
You will want to preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, while your oven is preheating you will have plenty of time to get the apples together.
You will want to wash the apples well before you begin to core them – do not peel the skin off, it is needed to help keep these tasty treats together once baked. I used a sharp knife to core my apples – you can go about this in several different ways. For me, I like to keep the apples generally whole. I use the knife and make a pentagon type shape and then push the core right out!
I filled my apples with some cinnamon and sugar that I pulled together by mixing 2 part cinnamon, 1 part sugar. However, you can fill your apples with whatever you want! Only cinnamon, some nutmeg, brown sugar, raisins, or all of the above. Use what fits your taste bud’s needs!
Now you add the butter, again – use your discretion. Depending on how healthy or wholesome you are feeling add the butter accordingly. I cut the butter about a 1/4 of an inch thick and then cut that into fourths and did that for each apple. The butter ended up filling the core, more or less.
At this point your oven should be just about preheated – it is time to cover the apples and bake for only 30 minutes; or until soft! This is the second to best part, besides eating the apples; because your entire house will smell of Autumn and everything wonderful.
Once the apples are right where you want them, it is time to carefully remove them from the oven, serve, and enjoy! I would recommend using a shallow bowl like the one above, or a bowl because they can have a little liquid to them, but it adds to the flavor! You can use either a fork or a spoon, they should be soft enough to use without a knife.
I hope you enjoy this fall treat! If you end up making it I would love to see and hear any feedback, especially if you added your own twist! Show me by tagging my Instagram @mshaleyjohnson